In yesterday’s Herald a piece appeared under the headline “Cyclists face €40 spot fines for using earphones, says minister”. That sounds like some new piece of traffic law regarding people cycling ?
Spend money on a bike lock cyclists or pay the price - Bike Theft Working Group.
4,950 bikes reported stolen in Dublin in 2014, up from 1,873 in 2008.
66% of bikes stolen in Dublin are locked using easy-to-cut locks and chains.
Cyclists need to use better locks and lock their bikes when at home to avoid being victims of bike theft according to a Bike Theft Working Group that has been set up through Dublin City Council.
Today the above poster appeared on the Gardaí social media platforms. Such mixed messages and inaccuracies are not a good start to their promotion of Fixed Charge Notices which are due to be introduced from the end of next week. We have written to them outline the issues -
To : John Ferris (Garda Press Office)
Thanx once again for meeting us last week on the ‘On the Spot Fines’ issue. Much appreciated, and hopefully we can liaise regularly on issues such as this.
Cyclist.ie respects the decision of the Minister for Transport Tourism & Sport (DTTAS) to introduce Fixed Charge Notices (FCNs) for a limited number of cycling offences. We submitted proposals to the Minister prior to the recent announcement and some of these were taken on board. However we wish to state clearly our ongoing position on FCNs below:
SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON THE COUNTY COUNCIL DRAFT DEVELOPMENT PLAN 2016-2022
On 25th June, we sent the following email to officials of the Road Safety section at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS). We also copied the Smarter Travel section of DTTAS and Minister Paschal Donohoe -
Sunday 21st June, 12 Midday to 4.30pm.
The 3rd Annual Irish Cargobike Championships: You can see lots of cargobike users participate in a range of fun races such as the relay race, the slalom, the traditional egg and spoon race and a Dutch ring jousting game called Ringsteken. This event will also feature a village market with a range of food, refreshments, and craft stalls, information stands, merchandise and cycling products. Wear a whacky hat and bring a picnic for the Midsummer Mad Hatter tea party! Prizes galore on offer!
Saturday 20th June @ 1pm to 5pm.
‘Pedal in the Park’ takes place for the 6th successive year with literally ‘something for everyone!’ There will be a full tented village with food stalls, bike checks, bike rides, stunt bikes, bike polo, bike treasure hunt, kids Sprocket Rocket cycle training, another ‘Meet the Fawns’ bike tour, great prizes and much, much more!
BIKE TOUR: Friday 19th June @18.30- For something completely different why not ‘pair up’ with a new friend on the ‘Singles Speed’ tour! Come along and enjoy a leisurely cycle and chat in the wonderful surrounds of the Phoenix Park, and meet new friends!
CYCLING CINEMA: Wheel2Reel 5 - cycling themed movie starting 20.00 - Visitors Centre, Phoenix Park